Application Information for Doctor of Philosophy Students

Requirements for consideration

The Doctor of Philosophy is an advanced academic degree. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their academic ability and readiness for in-depth study. Each applicant must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Demonstrated Christian character
  • The Academic Studies committee may also request an interview.
  • A bachelor's degree and a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution (Transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States must first be evaluated by an agency such as the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. A copy of the evaluation results should be sent directly to the Admissions Office.) 
    Completion of 16 semester hours of Greek and Hebrew, at least nine in either Hebrew or Greek (though not necessary before applying)
  • One modern research language is required before entrance into the program (though not necessary before applying)
  • GPA no lower than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • A sample research paper that demonstrates research capability
  • Acceptable GRE score
  • Completed application, including a rationale for PhD study (typewritten).

Application Requirements:

  • Checklist of application materials
  • Admissions Application Form (online or as download): Applicants must complete all appropriate sections of the application form. The application should be typed or printed legibly in black ink. When listing colleges, universities and seminaries, include all that you attended, whether you completed a degree or not.
  • Church Endorsement: An original church endorsement form completed by the applicant's church, indicating evidence of Christian character and leadership ability.
  • Four completed recommendation forms: All applicants are responsible for distributing the required forms to the individuals listed as references on the application form. Before distributing the forms, be sure that your name is on them and that you have signed them. The reference forms must be completed by individuals that have known the applicant more than a year.
  • Research Paper: This can be a paper that was submitted to meet the requirements for a master's level course. It should adequately show your research ability. We request that you submit a clean, unmarked copy of the paper.
  • Ethical Conduct Standard Form: original, signed Ethical Conduct Standard form
  • TOEFL Requirement: All applicants who have not completed a degree at an accredited institution in the United States must submit an official TOEFL score that is not more than one year old. The TOEFL requirement is 600 on paper based test and 100/ibt.
  • International Students: All applicants requiring an F-1 visa must complete the pre-application process before starting the application. Contact the Admissions Office for details.

Application Deadline: New students may be admitted in both fall and spring. Deadlines are: February 1, first consideration and April 15, final deadline.

Golden Gate Seminary students and graduates may request an extension by contacting the Director of Admissions.